First thing - be aware that there are two 'Forges' in Ballarat - the Sturt St one is the takeaway spot. This review is for The Forge Pizzeria on Armstrong Street, which is restaurant style. Big long open venue with old brick walls and funky, industrial-but-friendly style. At the end of the room is a spot for smaller diners, with a big blackboard, communal table and wee chairs.
The pizza menu has some good choices - old favourites plus some more upmarket contemporary ones. We had the Hawaiian (for the 7-year-old) and Mr Tradie and I had the slow roasted lamb with goat cheese. Both were very good. A couple of organic colas (made in Hepburn) and an OJ for small one. All up our bill - $50. The pizzas are woodfired and have a fairly thinnish crust (yay!) with a fluffy 'lip'. There's a range of groovy beers for groovy people.
We visited late on a Sunday afternoon and the feeling was easy people.....acoustic background music, friendly and warm service. Just the thing for a wet and windy Ballarat day.
Have to agree with another diner that comfort loses out to styling with some of the chairs - maybe they don't want you to get too comfy so you move on and make room for others :)
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